Our culture-wide quest for authenticity

wordsmithy“One of our great problems today is that we have gotten caught up in our culture-wide quest for authenticity. We want our jeans authentic (pre-ripped at the factory), we want our apples authentic (grown locally instead of somewhere else), we want our music authentic (underground bands nobody ever heard of), we want our lettuce authentic (organically manured), we want our literature authentic (full of angst), we want our movies authentic (subtitles), and we want our coffee tables authentic (purchased from a genuine peasant while we were on some eco-tour). In short, we are a bunch of phonies. We are superficial all the way down.”

Doug Wilson, Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life16

Humor: the all-consoling (all-excusing) grace of life

Humour is for them the all-consoling and (mark this) the  all-excusing, grace of life. Hence it is invaluable as a means of destroying shame. If a man simply lets others pay for him, he is “mean”; if he boasts of it in a jocular manner and twits his fellows with having been scored off, he is no longer “mean” but a comical fellow. Mere cowardice is shameful; cowardice boasted of with humorous exaggerations and grotesque gestures can passed off as funny. Cruelty is shameful—unless the cruel man can represent it as a practical joke. A thousand bawdy, or even blasphemous, jokes do not help towards a man’s damnation so much as his discovery that almost anything he wants to do can be done, not only without the disapproval but with the admiration of his fellows, if only it can get itself treated as a Joke.

C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters

Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”

— Proverbs 26:18-19

Together for the Gospel guys playing ball

This is hilarious.

C.J. knows what he’s doing, even though Thabiti is all up in his grill.

Chandler, at 6’5” you better be getting a lot of put backs like that.

Could someone inform Dever of the triple-threat position? He looks lost out there.

You call that defense, Platt? Piper’s 65!

If we were on the playground, here’s the order they’d get picked.

  1. C.J. He’s got the skills and the team-first attitude.
  2. Thabiti. He looks like he knows how to throw his weight around.
  3. Chandler. For the height (and lankiness…gotta love lankiness).
  4. DeYoung. Probably a decisive play-maker. (I can just see him yelling at Piper, “Just DO something!”)
  5. Platt. Needs start making some radical changes in his defensive stance.
  6. Lig. Probably solid. Not enough offense to go top 5 though.
  7. Piper. He can preach, but he dribbles with his head down. And he’s little.
  8. Dever. Watch his defense at 14 seconds and notice how no one’s guarding him at 28 seconds. Nuff said.

Mohler on the bench playing with his iPhone is priceless!

Thanks Happy for sending me this. I keep watching it over and over again.